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Georgia General Assembly Finishes Budget

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Heading into the final week of the 2017 Georgia Legislative session, the General Assembly has wrapped up work on the budget for the next fiscal year. Georgia Agribusiness Council’s Bryan Tolar says they are pleased with the strong support for agriculture. Read the rest of this entry »

Spring Produce

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It is Spring and time to head to your local Farmers Market. Cathy Isom fills you in about the special produce you’ll find at its very best this time of the year. That’s coming on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more.

House Passes Agro-terrorism Bill

agro-terrorism houseThe U.S. House this week passed the Securing our Agriculture and Food Act, agro-terrorism preparedness legislation that’s also up for a vote in the U.S. Senate. The bill passed the House by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 406-6. Read the rest of this entry »

Amid Brazil Scandal, Groups Urging Reconsideration of COOL

BrazilAmid a meat safety issue in Brazil and a trade priorities list from President Trump, some groups are calling for the reconsideration of country-of-origin meat labeling. COOL was repealed by Congress in late 2015 when the World Trade Organization authorized retaliatory measures against the U.S. because of the legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

Senate Ag Committee Talks with Perdue

senateAgriculture Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue appears to have won over the Senate Agriculture Committee and is headed for confirmation by the full Senate, after the committee votes to move Perdue forward. Read the rest of this entry »

Little known Peanut Facts

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Everett Griner talks about little known facts about peanuts in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more.

Store Formats and Patterns in Household Grocery Purchases

by Richard Volpe, Annemarie Kuhns, and Ted Jaenicke
USDA Economic Research Service

What Is the Issue?

store formatsAmericans are buying more and more of their “food at home,” or groceries, from stores that are not conventional supermarkets. According to Nielsen Homescan data, U.S. households spent 80 percent of their grocery dollars at traditional supermarkets in 1999 but only 62 percent there in 2010. Over the past 20 years, a number of non-traditional store formats—including supercenters (such as Wal-Mart), dollar stores, and club stores—have gained market share and prominence in the food retail landscape. Whether traditional or nontraditional, store formats differ in prices, product assortment, advertising strategies, and location, and each of these characteristics can affect consumers’ food choices. This report broadly outlines the associations between store format choices and food-purchasing decisions, accounting for the role of demographics. Read the rest of this entry »

Daily Access to Local Foods for School Meals: Key Drivers

by Katherine Ralston, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Jeffrey Hyman, Matthew Benson, and Michael Smith
USDA Economic Research Service

What Is the Issue?

local foodsUSDA’s Farm to School Program was established in 2012 to improve access to local foods in eligible schools through grants and technical assistance. Farm-to-school programs bring locally or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias; provide hands-on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes; and integrate food-related education into the regular, standards-based classroom curriculum. Promotional activities and experiential learning also serve as an additional form of nutrition education to increase student awareness and interest in healthier foods. Frequent use of local foods in school meals has also been suggested as a way to expand the market for local agricultural producers. Read the rest of this entry »

USDA Announces Eradication of New World Screwworm in Florida

Screwworm Larvae

Screwworm Larvae

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the successful eradication of the New World screwworm (NWS) from Florida.

“I want to personally thank our many collaborating partners at the Federal, State, and local levels,” said Dr. Jack Shere, USDA Chief Veterinarian.  “Through their dedication and professionalism close to 154 million sterile flies have been released, 16,902 animals have been inspected at checkpoints, and almost 430 hours of active surveillance in the Keys and 250 hours of active surveillance on the mainland have been completed.  Their tireless work has allowed us to eliminate New World screwworm from the United States once again.” Read the rest of this entry »

Agriculture Secretary Nominee Outlines His Four Goals

sonny-perdue-4The Senate Agriculture Committee is holding a confirmation hearing today for President Trump’s nominee for Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue. During the hearing, Perdue gave his list of his four broad goals he would have if confirmed. Read the rest of this entry »

Peanut Proud Festival is Saturday

peanut proud festival
The annual Peanut Proud Festival will take place Saturday. March 25 in Blakely, Georgia. Tyron Spearman has details about the big event, along with an update of distributions made by the humanitarian arm of the peanut nation. Read the rest of this entry »

Florida Rep. Raburn Discusses HB 1231

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State Rep. Jake Raburn, who represents Florida District 57 in Hillsborough County, serves on the Agriculture & Property Rights Subcommittee in the Florida House. And he talks about a part of House Bill 1231, which is currently being discussed. Read the rest of this entry »

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